Every year, classic and custom motorcycle shows and events bring us all together at different and unique locations across the globe. And well, we wish we could experience each and every one of them. So, we’ve compiled a list of five events throughout the world that are on our wishlist for 2018!
1. Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride it without a doubt one of our most highly-anticipated events of the year, not only because it brings all of us motorcycle folk who love classic and custom bikes together, but it also raises awareness and money for important charities, including the Movember Foundation. The DGR was hosted in over 600 cities in 2017, so this is definitely one that’s a little easier to attend and participate in. Save the September 30 date for this year’s edition!
2. Isle of Man Classic TT
The Isle of Man is widely-regarded as the most dangerous race in the world, but the Classic TT instalment of the event is the one we’ve been itching to get to for years. A number of iconic TT racers will be on-hand for the four-day festival – including 23-time Isle of Man TT victor John McGuinness, who will ride a parade lap on the original Sports Motorcycles Ducati that Mike Hailwood raced in his glorious 1978 comeback. Plus, there will be a host of classic machinery that will take to the infamous street circuit.
3. Bike Shed London
After seeing the quality of bikes on display at the Bike Shed show in London last year across multiple websites, we’ve made the event a priority on our bucket list. The event has been the home of many exclusive revealings of custom builds – from professional builders, to shed-built customs and even manufacturers – plus its invitational element means that some of the best bike builds globally are on the display. Alongside the drool-worthy machinery are music gigs, exhibitors and the usual barbershop, tattoo, whiskey and cigar lounge.
4. Wheels and Waves
The Wheel and Waves festival celebrates moto and surf culture, and attracts around 20,000 fans to a small French town called Biarritz. More recently, a California location has been added to the mix, and to be honest, both venues are on our wishlist. It’s a multi-day festival with live music gigs, surfing competitions, motorcycle races and of course a list of exhibitors and displays. From what we’ve seen on the web, there seems to be something pretty special about this event.
5. Dust Hustle
Hosted in Queensland, Australia, by custom bike builders Ellaspede is Dust Hustle – one of the most unique and craziest events aboard two-wheels (if not more). Dubbed the ‘biggest inappropriate dirt days’ in the country, the event is put on twice a year: once at Biddaddaba, followed by an edition at Mick Doohan Speedway later in the year. It’s open to all the weird, wonderful and woefully unsuitable motorcycles that could possibly be ridden on the dirt, which says a lot about the event itself.
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